Friday, May 25, 2018

Final Faux: Finding flaws in the four-team BCS playoff

When I was born, all four Beatles were still alive. There was no such thing as Excel. Phones had dials and cords. TVs were expected to break and be repaired—not replaced. A peanut farmer and humanitarian was president. He established a national energy policy and said the government should be "competent and compassionate." Back then, bankers made about the...

1,450 things to do with your time and money besides go to a 49er game

The York family, owners of the San Francisco 49ers of Santa Clara and the people who never answered my certified letter about the purchase of a trough urinal from Candlestick, has called the team's new stadium a "stadium of dreams." I don't know what that means, but clearly the family doesn't have those dreams where their toes turn into...

Exclusive: Q&A with Fantasy Football Guy

Ever since he exploded onto the fantasy football scene in August 1999 with the first overall pick of Eddie George, who would go on to rack up 1,304 yards and 9 touchdowns—Fantasy Football Guy has put together a seamless blend of trash talking, personal barbs, terrible waiver moves, controversial trades and zero championships. Of late, Fantasy Football Guy has...

Hide the contenders

There should be a deep, abiding shame about this point in Gennady Golovkin’s career. The boxing world is, unfortunately, a deeply shameless place. Golovkin, aka GGG, the God of War, a Kazakhstani middleweight with a penchant for merciless headhunting inside the boxing ring, is most exciting fighter in the world right now and perhaps one of its greatest champions, though...

Sing it

We’re past baseball’s All Star Game and headed into the stretch run for the 15ish teams with a shot at the playoffs. The perfect time for a musical interlude. Here then, a theme song for every contender within spitting distance of their division or a wild card berth as they push toward October: AL East Baltimore Orioles—Puddle of Mudd “She Hates...

How the 2014 MLB All-Star Game got Blue Crushed®

Invariably and almost irrevocably, every time I start to feel a little bored agitated by a sporting event of great import (the NBA Finals, the NHL Playoffs, the Super Bowl, the Valero Alamo Bowl …the PDC Darts Championship) I find myself scanning through the 700 channels. And I find Blue Crush is on premium cable. Blue Crush vs. Major...

I have no idea what LeBron’s decision has to do with me

The writer of this column explains why the LeBron James decision to return to Cleveland had absolutely no bearing on the outcome of his day*. And why he too, is considering going home. Before anyone ever cared whether I would write a column kind of about sports, I was a kid from Marin County. It's where I woke up in...

Why Lew Wolff is the last great owner in baseball

I've long shared the opinion of many long-suffering A's fans that Lew Wolff is a prick. Make that, a prick in khakis who always seems to be sporting a virgin white cardigan or blue blazer from his days sucking up to Dean Wormer.* *Pictured above at another A's sell out (no lines at the coffee concession). By Andrew Pridgen It has been...

The indecent proposal of #socialmedianight at the ballpark

Don't Miss Social Media Night Presented by AT&T Tuesday, July 1 vs. STL —San Francisco Giants press release When I was a senior in high school, my brain and body had yet to fully develop. I subsisted on chalupas, Dad's Root Beer and Twizzlers. My girlfriend's name was Echo, or at least that's what she wrote in her sexy bubble...

A rare moment for the Western States 100

Every year the first Saturday in August I run up the slippery granite face of Squaw Valley. I am infected by the morning hum of race-day runners, the smell of coffee and sunblock and fine Alpine dust mixed with flirting-with-the-ground sound from the bronze pistons of experienced climbers and endurance athletes—all elongated fingers and push pins for knees shaking...